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Here are a few McGoughs whose names caught my eye, sometimes for whimsical reasons. There were dozens of McGoughs in both the Union and Confederate States armies in the American Civil War. See the Civil War Research Database at I mention but a few of them here. The Debt of Honour Register of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 37 McGoughs, 4 McGeoughs, and a Peter Page McGeoghie from Dundee, Scotland, who were members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars. The Ebensburg War Memorial of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, lists ten McGoughs who served the United States in either the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, or the Civil War. In 1821, John McGough was high sheriff of Cambria County, Pennsylvania, where the borough of Ebensburg is located. Many contemporary McGoughs are named in Notable McGoughs on the Net on this website.

Hugh McGough was an American infantryman in the Revolutionary War. See the publication of the Historical Resources Branch, US Army Center of Military History, The Continental Army, Bibliography Pennsylvania: "McGough, Hugh. 'Orderly Book of the Pennsylvania State Regiment of Foot, May 10 to August 16, 1777.' Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, volume 22 (1898), pp. 57–70, 196–210, 301–320, 475–478." He may have been a son of Miles McGough and Elizabeth Spencer, but there is little hard information on which to base this speculation. See my pages: Hugh McGough, Soldier in the American Revolution and McGoughs in Pre-Revolutionary America: Miles and Elizabeth Spencer McGough.

Owen McGough (1827–1907, according to his gravestone) (or b. June 29, 1829  d. January 5, 1908, according to tis memorial placque) , Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient, for action at Bull Run, Virginia, on July 21, 1861. Rank and organization: Corporal, Battery D, 5th US Artillery. Born in Monaghan, Ireland. Medal of Honor awarded August 28, 1897. Citation: "Through his personal exertions under a heavy fire, one of the guns of his battery was brought off the field; all the other guns were lost." See Hometown Heroes of the Empire State (New York), which says that Owen McGough was born in Monaghan, Ireland, and his Medal of Honor was accredited to Cornwall, New York. His gravestone says he was born on June 29, 1829, and that he died on January 5, 1908. There is a photograph of his gravestone in St. Peter's Cemetery in Troy, New York, and of a memorial plaque, on the Home of Heroes website. The gravestone names his wife, Catherine Dugan (1843–1872).

John "Jack" McGough was the son of Owen McGough and Catherine Dugan, born in July of 1878 in Troy, New York. "On March 6th, 1884. Jack and his friend Bartholomew 'Bat' Shea were involved in the shooting of a man, Robert Ross, during a political rally. Jack and Bat went on trial, and Bat was sentenced to death for the killing. After Bat was sentenced and a date selected for his execution, Jack McGough came forward and confessed." The Trial of Bat Shea (1994), by Jack Casey, is an historical novel detailing the lives of all the persons involved in this murder. The 1900 census of New York shows a John McGough, a single man, age 21, as a prisoner in Clinton Prison in Dannemora town, Clinton County, New York. He was born in New York in July of 1878. His parents were both born in Ireland. See: Electrical Execution of "Bat" Shea - 1896. See also Landmarks of Rensselaer County, New York, by George Baker Anderson, page 302 (D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, New York, 1897, 1359 pages).

John McGough, First Sergeant, Company A, 15th New York Cavalry, was killed in combat on April 2, 1865, at Namozine Church, Virginia. He is apparently the same John McGough shown by to have enlisted at Manlius, New York, at age 22, as a private in A Company, 15th Cavalry Regiment, New York, promoted to Full Corporal on April 1, 1863; to Full Sergeant on July 6, 1863; and as having died at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 4, 1865. John McGough is listed as killed in battle in 1865 on the Town of Manlius Civil War Monument. The website for the last entry, Civil War Servicemen,Town of Manlius, compiled by Kathy Crowell, Manlius Historical Society, says that information not in parentheses is drawn from The Record of Civil War Officers and Soldiers of the Town of Manlius. This roster was completed on February 23, 1866, by L. C. Gardner, Town Clerk. Additional or conflicting information is in parentheses, and comes from other sources. Additional or conflicting information for the last entry is: (Buried I.C. cemetery, Fayetteville, N. Y., died 1885, age 47, Co. K, 12 NYV.) On May 29, 1863, Col. Robert M. Richardson received authority to reorganize the 12th N. Y. Volunteer Infantry, discharged by reason of expiration of its term of service, as a regiment of cavalry, in Syracuse. John McGough is listed in Company A in the Original Muster-In Roll of the Regiment. His death is recorded in the official records of the regiment:

Official Records—Series I—Volume XLVI/1 [S# 95] March 29–April 9, 1865.

The Appomattox (Virginia) Campaign. No. 206—Report of Col. John J. Coppinger, Fifteenth New York Cavalry.

"Headquarters Fifteenth New York Cavalry, Near Nottoway Station Court. House, Va., April 16, 1865.


"April 2, marched in the direction toward Appomattox River, distance about twelve miles; went into camp about 7 p.m.; heavy firing during the evening and night. The next morning the enemy disputed our advance at Namozine Church; we charged and captured a number of prisoners and horses. First Sergt. John McGough, Company A, was killed here."


"I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, John J. Coppinger, Colonel Fifteenth New York Cavalry, Commanding Regiment.

" Capt. J. J. McVean, Assistant Adjutant—General, Second Brigade, Third Division."

John C. McGough enlisted in the Fifth Regiment Kansas Volunteers—Cavalry—Company F as a private on July 12, 1861, and was killed in action at Helena, Arkansas, on July 4, 1863.

John McGough is the only McGough whose name appears in the Dictionary of Ulster Biography by Kate Newman (Institute of Irish Studies 1993). Here is the entry:

"McGough, John. 1887–1967. John McGough was born in County Monaghan and emigrated to Scotland. He was a middle distance athlete and won a silver medal for Great Britain in the 1500 metres race."

The record says that John McGough, "Great Britain (Ireland)," won the silver medal in the men's 1500 meter event at Athens in 1906. Winner of the gold medal was James Lightbody of the United States and of the bronze medal, Kristain Hellstrom of Sweden. A web page on Scotland's Olympic Medals lists John McGough as the silver medal winner in the 1500 meter event at the 1904 Olympics. The correct year is 1906. The United Kingdom Track and Field All-Time List identifies John McGough as running for Great Britain (Ireland). Peadar Livingstone, at page 515 of The Monaghan Story, spells the name McGeough, and says:

"1960 saw the passing of John McGeough of Annagleve, Monaghan's most famous athlete in the twentieth century. McGeough emigrated to Scotland at the age of seven and was the mile champion of that country from 1902 to 1907 and again in 1910. He won the half-mile in 1902. He won a gold medal in the London Olympic games* and won a silver medal in the Athens Olympic games in the 1500 metres. After his return to Annagleve, he acted as a masseur to a number of football teams, including the Cavan winners of the All-Ireland in the Polo Grounds in New York, in 1947."

*The Olympic Games were held in London in 1908, but I found no record of any medal won by John McGough in those games.

Annagleve is a townland in the civil parish of Clontibret (and at the southeast corner of the Catholic parish of Muckno, which at this point is overlapped by the civil parish of Muckno) in county Monaghan. Annagleve is about 1 1/2 miles southwest of the town of Castleblayney.

In Cavan GAA Remembering 47, J. McGough is listed as the masseuse for the Cavan team of the Gaelic Athletic Association. On June 23, 1991, John McGough was mentioned by the Irish Minister of Defence, Mr. Wilson, in a parliamentary debate in the Dáil Éireann on providing funds for an Irish team in the Olympic games in Barcelona:

"As I read through the records various thoughts entered my mind. I thought of [1207] John McGough, down as GBR-IRL, who won a silver medal in the intercalated games of 1906. He was masseur for the Cavan team in the late forties. That team was equally successful in that we took the gold medals from various countries at that time."

John McGough's time for 1500 meters in 1906 was 4.12.6 (estimated), not fast by modern standards, but good enough for the silver medal. See United Kingdom Track and Field All Time Lists.

Here are some other John McGoughs who have caught my eye:

Reverend John B. McGeough was listed as the assistant pastor of St. Joseph's Church, 605 6th Avenue West, by the Ballenger and Richards City Directories of Denver, Colorado, of 1896 (page 693) and 1897 (page 710).

John F. McGough of Michigan was decorated for gallantry during World War I, 1917–1918.

John L. McGough, was born December 25, 1860, in Jefferson township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. He was the grandson of Robert McGough and Mary Provines, both of whom were born in Ireland, and the son of Robert McGough, born in Jefferson township in 1831, and Mary M. Lee. There is a biographical sketch of the family in the Commemorative Biographical Record: Washington County Pennsylvania, volume 1, page 405 (J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1893).

John McGough, Private, Revolutionary War soldier, died at age 24, buried near White Plains, Greene County, Georgia, according to the Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, at Carolyn McGough Rowe, author of A Glimpse Of The Past: Descendants of Robert McGough (b 1725, Northern Ireland), suggests that this is the John McGough who is the subject of my web page, A Scots-Irish John McGough, who was born in county Down, Ireland, on August 21, 1761, died on October 17, 1847, at the age of 86 at his home near White Plains, Georgia, and was buried in the McGough family cemetery on his farm. She is probably right. See my page: McGoughs in Pre-Revolutionary America: Miles and Elizabeth Spencer McGough. John McGough is listed in the Index of the Rolls of Honor Ancestor's Index in the Lineage Books of DAR, Volume 4, with the reference 156 234.

John McGough of 87 Sicard Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey, born on June 21, 1878, was a 21 year old private stationed in Cuba with Company H of the 8th Infantry Division, US Army, according to the June 5, 1900, enumeration of the military and naval population for the US census. He was born in New Jersey. His father was born in New York, and his mother was born in Ireland.

John McGough, born in Georgia on October 25, 1846. Enlisted on August 17, 1863, as a private in D Company, 66th Infantry Regiment, Georgia. Surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 26, 1865. Died on January 31, 1926, and buried in West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia.

John Oliver McGeough was born in Dublin on July 16, 1923, served in the British Army in World War II as Staff-Sergeant in C Squadron, the Glider Pilot Regiment, 1st British Airborne Division, in Italy and northwest Europe, was captured at the battle of Arnhem, which began on Sunday, September 17, 1944, and was held in several German prison camps.

Here are some James McGoughs of note:

James McGough, a private in the British 63rd Regiment, arrived at Swan River in western Australia on 6th June 1829 aboard His Majesty's Sloop "Sulphur."

James McGough, whose abode was in Edgeley, England, and whose occupation was an "overlooker," left an estate that is listed in Cheshire Wills, which was proved at the Chester diocesan consistory court in 1836, the record of which is now held at the Cheshire Record Office.

Reverend James McGough was a cabin passenger aboard the Glendower on a journey from London to Sydney, New South Wales, which terminated in Australia on February 2, 1871.

Father James McGough, who was born in Ireland about 1850, became pastor of Katoomba, the centre of the parish of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, about 1892. He served until 1900. He named his new church St Canice’s after a Gaelic saint born in county Derry about 516. St Canice (Kenneth) had studied in Wales at St Cadoc in Liancarvan and, later, at the monastery St Finian founded at Clonard. Here is an excerpt from the history of St Thomas Aquinas Parish of Springwood, N.S.W.: "Part of the Blue Mountains parish centred at Katoomba in the period 1890–1907 with Rev James McGough as Parish Priest."

James McGeough is listed as a shoe maker in Pigot's 1824 Directory of Armagh.

James Madison McGough, born about 1810 in Kentucky to John McGough and Elizabeth "Polly" Brooks. John McGough (1787–1840) was the son of Robert McGough and Agnes "Nancy" McWhorter. See The Will of Robert McGough (1827) on this web page. Robert McGough (1765–1827) was the son of Robert McGough and Sarah Matilda Carson. This Robert McGough (1725–1778) was born in county Down, Ireland, and died in North Carolina. See Ancestral File AFN: 1131–TJ5 at FamilySearch, and also The McGough Family Page, and the section of this website called A Scots-Irish John McGough. See my page: McGoughs in Pre-Revolutionary America: Miles and Elizabeth Spencer McGough.

J. T. McGough, age 23, arrived in Victoria, Australia, in February, 1862, board the ship Jack Frost.

Here are some more McGoughs:

Alice McGeough, a native of Skerry, county Cavan, Ireland, and wife of Laurence McGough, a housekeeper of White Plains, New York, opened account number 24293, in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank on June 25, 1860. She arrived in New York City in 1854 aboard the Great Western. She had no children.

Andrew McGough, age 26, arrived in 1853 as a prisoner in Western Australia aboard the Pyrenees. The ship left Torbay, England, on February 2, 1853, bound for the Swan River Colony, and arrived arrived in Fremantle on April 30, 1853, after a voyage of 87 days. McGough had been convicted in Chelmsford, England, on July 15, 1850, of forging a receipt for money. He was single with no children. His occupation had been a sawyer. He was 5' 7 1/2", stout, auburn hair, blue eyes, with a long face, and fair complexion, slightly pock marked. His registration number was 1831.

Andrew Jackson McGough, born on April 4, 1853, in Walker County, Alabama, to William B. McGough and Welthy Ann Nix; married Mary Ann Keeton; buried on January 29. 1924, in Flatwoods Cemetery, Walker County, Alabama. See Ancestral File AFN:1131–T3G at FamilySearch. He was the great-grandfather of Carolyn McGough Rowe.

Bernard McGough was one of the planners of the building of a new Catholic church in Faulkton, South Dakota, on August 15, 1903. The church was dedicated on September 14, 1904. History of Faulk County, South Dakota, by Caleb Holt Ellis, page 216 (Reprinted by North Plains Press, Aberdeen, South Dakota, 1973, 502 pages).

Catherine McGue, a single woman, opened account number 8083 in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank on October 31, 1854. She was a native of Tattreagh, near Bailieboro, in county Cavan, Ireland. She had arived in New York on March 12, 1852, aboard the ship Blanchard from Liverpool. Her father, Simon McGue, was in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her mother was Kitty McGuinness, who was dead. She had 2 brothers and 4 sisters. She was living on Pearl Street in New York City. (I could not makeout her occupation.) A Catherine McGue arrived in New York from Liverpool on April 12, 1852, aboard the Arctic. She was 30 years old, a servant, whose destination was listed as Albany. (There was a ship called the Blanchard that arrived in New York from Liverpool on July 3, 1851. See: Ship Passenger Lists of Daltons Arriving in the Port of New York.)

Charles McGough, age 40, married Clara Louise Trowbridge, age 28, in Fingal, Northern Tasmania, on April 22, 1885. See the website of Bill and Rita Trowbridge.

Christopher Columbus McGough, a resident of Monroe County, Georgia, enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a Private at age 18 in June of 1861. Served in Georgia K Co. 1st Volunteers Reg. GA B Co. 45th Inf. Reg. GA. Promoted to Full Jr. 2d Lieutenant on September 25, 1862, and Full 2d Lieutenant on July 2, 1863. ( Carolyn McGough Rowe informs me that Christopher was the son of Robert L. McGough, the oldest son of the John McGough who is the subject of A Scots-Irish John McGough in this website, and that Christopher was born in 1833 in Monroe County, Georgia, and killed on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Daniel McGough was a laborer in York, England, who probably died before 1881. His wife was Catherine McGough who was shown by the 1881 British census as 47 years old, a field laborer, born in Ireland, and living at 17 Gowthorpe Street, Selby, York, England, with her children: Daniel McGough, age 17, an agricultural labourer; Ann McGough, age 15, a scholar; Jane McGough, age 13, a scholar; and Katherine (sic) McGough, age 7, a scholar. Her daughter, Annie McGough, married Andrew Dineen in St. George's Church in York on January 23, 1892. On their marriage certificate, Andrew and Annie were both listed as 26 years old and living on Hope Street in York. Andrew was the son of Edward Dineen, deceased. For more on this family, see The Dineen Family of Massachusetts.

Denis McGough is listed as a land surveyor at 9 Bow street in the Dublin Directory of 1820.

Eliza McGough was the wife of one of the founders of Ellison, Texas. See: Celtic Cities, Towns and Place Names in Texas.

Ellen McGeough, age 35, was convicted of larceny in county Meath on June 24, 1836, sentenced to seven years transportation, and detained on board the hulk "Essex" on August 10, 1836, according to the Transportation Records Database in the National Archives of Ireland.

George Washington McGough, the seventh son of James McGough and Sarah Hollowell, was living in Union County, Arkansas about 1860. Carolyn McGough Rowe informs me that he was born on November 25, 1829, in Alabama, and died in Union County, Arkansas on January 18, 1903.

Felix McGough was a householder in 1837 who held property worth at least five pounds on Bridge Street in Dundalk, Ireland.

Holly J. McGeogh, age 19, of Taylor, Michigan, PFC US Army, Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), was killed on January 31, 2004, when her vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during convoy operations in Kirkuk, Iraq.

John McGough, born in 1814, a semi-literate unmarried laborer, a Roman Catholic, was sentenced in Edinburgh, Scotland, to nine years imprisonment for theft, transported to Western Australia, and arrived in Fremantle on December 22, 1866, aboard the Corona. His ticket of leave date was September 11, 1869; and his certificate of freedom date was January 28, 1874. See Fremantle Prison History.

John McGough, a prisoner in Australia, received a Certificate of Freedom and Ticket of Leave in 1831 in New South Wales.

Margaret McGough, age 30, born in Dublin, a "labourer's wife," is listed in Inmates of the Liverpool Workhouse - 1881. With her were two children, both born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England: Annie, age 3; Edward, age 6 months.

Mary McGough is listed as a baker in Pigot's 1824 Directory of Armagh.

Mary Julia McGough, a domestic, living on Franklin Street in New York City, opened acount number 6315 in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank on January 13, 1854. She was a native of Castlepatton, county Westmeath, Ireland. She had arrived in New York City in 1833 on the ship Honduras after a 126 day voyage from Dublin. Her father in Ireland was Pat Murphy. Her mother was Julia Gillehan. She had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. She was the widow of Terence McGough. She had one child, also Mary Julia McGough.

Michael McGeough was a fireman in the Mercantile Marine who was a crewman aboard the S. S. Lusitania on its voyage from New York to Liverpool when it was torpedoed by the German U Boat U20 on Friday, May 7th 1915, eleven miles south west of the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland. McGeough went down with the ship. He was 23 years old, and the son of James and Sarah Grogan McGeough of Skyhill, Dundalk. He was born at Skyhill, county Louth. He was the grandson of Owen McGeough and Margaret Coburn. (See the entry under Owen McGeough, Civil Parish of Barronstown, on my page McGoughs, McGeoughs and McGeoghs in County Louth.) See the Debt of Honour Register of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This register says that Michael was the "son of James and the late Mary McGeough, of Skyhill, Dundalk. Born at Skyhill, Co. Louth," but a gravestone at Skyhill, county Louth, Ireland, reads as follows:

Pray For The Souls of
DIED 24th AUG 1930
her husband JAMES DIED 1933
their daughter MARY
DIED 22nd APRIL 1930
Their Sons
MICHAEL, Drowned on the "LUSITANIA"
Erected by PETER McGEOUGH, Skyhill

A photograph of the gravestone is on the website of Michael Byron's Family Tree. RootsWeb's Passenger Lists entry for Michael McGeough repeats the erroneous identification of his mother from the Debt of Honour Register of Commonwealth War Graves Commissions. (Coincidentally, a James R. M'Gough, age 37, married, a US citizen of 708 York Street. Philadelphia, was a passenger on the Lusitania when it arrived in New York from Liverpool on April 17, 1914. New York Passenger Lists, 1820–1957 on This James R. McGough was had been passenger on the Titanic when it sank on April 15, 1912. See my page: Sinking of the Titanic—James and George McGough Man Lifeboats.)

Michael McGough, born in 1817, an illiterate Roman Catholic Laborer, was sentenced on April 10, 1849, in Galway, Ireland, for killing sheep with intent to steal, sentenced to 7 years, and transported to Western Australia aboard the Phoebe Dunbar. He arrived in Fremantle on August 20, 1853. His ticket of leave date was May 1. 1854. On the same ship, sentenced at the same time and place, to the same punishment for the same crime, was Patrick McGough who was born in 1837 and was a literate Roman Catholic tailor, and who was probably Michael McGough's son. (see the entry below for Patrick McGough). See Fremantle Prison History.

Nicholas McGough, of Dundalk, a labourer on the Dundalk and Enniskillen Railroad, contributed 1/2 £ to the 1854 Louth Patriotic Fund, which was set up in Ireland (and Great Britain) to assist the dependants of soldiers who were fighting in the Crimean War and who had fallen on hard times as a result of the main provider being absent from home (or indeed dead or wounded).

Owen McGough, Patrick McGough of Haggardstown, Patrick McGough of Drumcashel, and Thomas McGough of Cashel, all contributed to the establishment of a convent in Ardee, county Louth, in 1855.

Patrick Mageogh was a witness to the will of the Honorable Phillip Price in St. Philip's Parish, Barbadoes, on May 6, 1694. Barbados Wills and Administrations, volume II, Wills and Administrations, page 284, on

Patrick McGeough is listed as a baker on Thomas Street in Bradshaw's 1819 Directory for Armagh City.

Patrick M'Geough, private in the service of Great Britain in the war of 1812. The list of prize money paid by George Beale, jun. prize agent for captures on Lake Champlain, 11th September, 1814, which is part of the searchable database of Ohio Fundamental Documents, as document #354, shows $120.42 paid as bounty to H. Nazro for the capture of Private Patrick M'Geough. (Letter from the Secretary of the Navy of December 17, 1818, Fourth Table.)

Patrick McGough, Western Australian Convicts 1850–1868, arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia, on the Phoebe Dunbar on April 10, 1849. He had been convicted in Galway at age 12 on October 4, 1849, of stealing sheep with intent to steal and sentenced to seven years. See the entry above for Michael McGough, who was sentenced for the same crime and transported with Patrick, and who probably Patrick's father. Patrick's ticket of leave date was May 1, 1854. Patrick married Bridget Gorman in Perth, Australia, on May 5, 1866, and died on September 29, 1909. See Fremantle Prison History.

Patrick McGeogh. An extract from the book Internment by John McGuffin (1973): "In the early hours of Monday 9 August 1971, I was kidnapped from my bed [in Belfast] by armed men, taken away and held as a hostage for five and a half weeks." Shortly after McGuffin was imprisoned, "The door opened and a young lad, his arm covered in blood, was thrust onto the floor. A policeman completed the task by going over and kicking him in the ribs. I later discovered that the lads name was Patrick McGeogh and that hed had to run the gauntlet three times."

Paddy McGeough. "They ran me up the stairs, one holding each arm to another large room where there were about 50-60 detainees sitting on the floor. I was told to sit down on the floor with them. I was there for about an hour and a half to two hours. We were guarded by R.U.C. and Military Red caps who were all the while being abusive to the detainees. While I was sitting on the floor I saw a friend of mine Paddy McGeough being thrown into the room where he fell on the floor beside me. He was obviously hurt and I asked him what happened. He told me that two R.U.C. men had pinned him to the wall outside the door, stood on his toes and then kicked him on each leg before throwing him into the room." Extracts from 'BELFAST August 1971: A case to be answered' by Danny Kennally and Eric Preston (1971).

Patrick McGough was a freeholder in 1822 in Dundalk, Ireland, who held property under the Earl of Roden. He had registered as a freeholder on April 11, 1820, in Dundalk, barony of Upper Dundalk

Patrick McGough of the parish of Inagh, townland of Kylea, district of West Clare, poor law union of Ennistimon, is listed in the 1901 County Clare Census for Ennistimon, Kildysart and Kilmaley Poor Law Unions. Anne McGough and Mary McGough were listed as single servants in the1901 Census of county Clare, District Electoral Division: Ennis No. 2 Urban, Townland: Mill Street.

Patrick McGough. was the licensee of the Dog and Duck Pub in Northwich, Cheshire, England, from 1857 to 1865. Licensees, Northwich, Cheshire, UK: 17th - 20th centuries. He was also the licensee of The Britannia Pub in the same area from 1851 to 1856 (his name is indexed as M'Gough). The web page Licensees in the 1851 Census, Northwich Area lists him as Patrick McGough, married, the head of a household, age 35, on Market Street. The 1851 census lists: Patrick McGough, 35, publican, born in Ireland; Bridget McGough, wife, 33, born in Ireland; Bridget McGough, daughter, 7, scholar, born in Ireland; John McGough, son, 12 months, born in Ireland; John Higgin, lodger, unmarried, 24, born in Ireland; Mary Walsh, servant, unmarried, 18, general servant, born in Ireland.

Patsey McGough (male), age 20, arrived in Swan River, Fremantle, Western Australia, on July 4, 1866, aboard the convict transport Belgravia. He had been convicted of robbery with violence in Manchester, England, on October 3, 1865, and sentenced to a ten year term. (The age may refer to the age of the convict when he was taken to trial.) McGough was a laborer, single, 5' 6" tall, with light brown hair, gray eyes, round face, fair complexion, slim build, and a cut on the nose. He served time in Fremantle Prison. His ticket of leave date was April 6, 1870. His certificate of freedom date was March 9, 1875, and he left Australia for London on November 23, 1876. [Andrew, John, Michael, Patrick, and Patsey McGough are listed in Fremantle Prison History.

Peter McGue, who was born in July of 1847 in Port Henry, New York, and who enlisted as a private in L Company of the 7th Calvary on December 23, 1872, was killed with Custer's column on June 25, 1876, at Last Stand Hill, Little Big Horn Battlefield, Montana. He was probably the Peter McGough listed in the 1870 census of Moriah, Essex county, New York, as the son of Susan McGough, age 57, born in Ireland.]

Sergeant Paul "Scruff" McGough, a member of the British Special Forces, who fought the Taliban in east Afghanistan in 2001. Some of McGough's exploits were described in Damien Lewis's Bloody Heroes, published in June of 2006. He was killed in a hang gliding accident on Cyprus on June 1, 2006.

Peter Thomas McGough, who was born on August 13, 1887, registered for the Worrld War I draft in Manhattan, New York City, on June 5, 1917. He was a patrolman with the New York Police Department. He was single and residing at 219 West 118th Street.

Mrs. Philip McGough, in 1898, subscribed £0.50 to St. Christian's New Church at Tullyallen, near Mellifont, county Louth.

Peter McGough was nominated to be collector of internal revenue for the 20th district of Pennsylvania by President Andrew Johnson on December 15th, 1866. See Sen. Exec. Journal, Tuesday, December 18, 1866. He was confirmed on March 1, 1867. See Sen. Exec. Journal for Friday, March 1st, 1867. These, and several other references to Peter McGough, are in A Century of Lawmaking in the American Memory Collection of The Library of Congress and will be found by a word search for McGough. In Pennsylvanians in the Congressional Record, there is "An act for the relief of Peter McGough, collector of internal revenue and disbursing agent, 20th district, Pennsylvania," passed on April 18, 1872.

Peter McGrough, labourer, a native of county Monaghan born in 1791, was convicted of a crime in 1814 in county Monaghan, sentenced to seven years imprisonment, and in 1815 shipped as a convict to New South Wales aboard the ship Canada. See Irish Convicts to New South Wales 1791-1820.

Raymond Eugene McGough, a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Marine Division, was killed in the battle of Saipan in World War II. Thomas F. McGue, Jr., a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, 27th Infantry Division, 106th Infantry Regiment, was killed in the same battle. Both are memorialized in the American Memorial Park— Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.

Robert Bernard William McGough was born in 1865 in Hobart, Tasmania, and died there on March 26, 1867. His parents were Robert McGough, who was born in 1841 in Tasmania, and Maria Mead Webb, who was born in 1843 in Tasmania.

Robert T. McGough, of St. Augustine Parish, St. Augustine, Dysart P. O., Cambria County, Pennsylvania, son of James E. McGough and Alice Wharton McGough, was killed in St. Nazarre, France, on February 6, 1919. He was serving as a saddler in the American Expeditionary Force with the 113th Company, Transportation. Corps, US Army. He was crushed when a heavy box of locomotive parts fell from one of the cranes of a "locomotive erecting shop" of the 19th Engineers. He was buried with military honors in the American cemetery in the country a short distance from St. Nazarre.

Sarah McGrough was detained at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, on April 14, 1843; tried in county Antrim for Larceny on July 1, 1843; sentenced to 7 years and transportation. See The National Archives of Ireland Transportation Records Database.

Thomas McGough, A. 3d A. Eng., is listed in the Archives of Maryland, Volume 0366, page 0021—History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-6, Volume 2, as a Maryland volunteer in the US Navy and Marine Corps on March 21, 1862. He died on September 29, 1864, while he was on active duty during the Civil War.

Thomas McGough, age 27, a private in the 68th Corps, suffered a gunshot wound in the chest in the battle of Gate Pa near Tauranga, New Zealand, on April 29, 1864, during the Maori wars. (The Maori word "Pa" generally denoted a  fortified place built and used by the Maoris of New Zealand.)

W. M., Elizabeth, Margaret, John, Eliza, J., and Robert McGough, were passengers aboard the clipper ship Ganges from Queenstown when it docked in Auckland, New Zealand, on February 14, 1865. The Ganges left Queenstown on the November 4, 1864, and made the journey in 100 days. The ship carried a full cargo of general merchandise and 422 Government passengers. She sailed with 474 but lost 54 children and 2 adults during the passage from bronchitis and the whooping-cough. One of the children who died on the voyage was "Robt. H. Jno. McGeough," age 1 year and 4 months. This is doubtless Robert McGough. Other than in the list of deaths, there were no McGeoughs listed on the manifest. "A story in the 'Daily Southern Cross' that reported the arrival of the 'Ganges' in Auckland, New Zealand on Feb.14, 1865, after a voyage of 100 days, commented on the deaths though it also seemed to praise the captain, Thomas Funnell. Later inquiries in New Zealand characterized the 'Ganges' as 'The Death Ship' and attributed the tragedy to overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and a shortage of food and medicines." From: Brennan Family Chronicles © Christopher Earls Brennen (chapter II). See also: James Dilworth. The Ganges had also stopped in Auckland in October of 1863 on which occasion she had brought 226 passengers, and there may also have been McGoughs aboard on that voyage also. See: The Voyage of the "Ganges" as per story in "The Daily Southern Cross" 15 February 1865.

The ship Lochee arrived in Adelaide, Australia, on February 1, 1877, with English, Scots and Irish immigrants. There were three McGoughs on board: T. Mcgough, James Mcgough, and M. Mcgough.

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